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GAO: Agencies Rescoped, Delayed Contracts Under FY 2013 Sequester

Many agencies rescoped or delayed contracts or grants during fiscal year 2013 due to sequestration and seven said they had to furlough at least 770,000 employees for between one and seven days, a new Government Accountability Office report says. Contracts for information technology services were affected at 18 out of …

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Inspector General Officials Want Cyber Threat Sharing System for Federal Agencies; Suzanne Spaulding Comments

Inspector General officials have proposed a centralized system for government agencies to share cyber threat information and alert each other to potential attacks, Defense One reported Nov. 5. Aliya Sternstein writes the IG wants a management database, calling list and communications monitoring system intended to help the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, …

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TechAmerica Pegs FY 2019 Federal IT Budget at $70B

The TechAmerica Foundation forecasts federal agencies will spend $70 billion per year on known and unclassified information technology by fiscal year 2019, FierceGovernment IT reported Tuesday. David Perera writes the findings are measured in constant dollars, with civilian IT spending projected to reach $38.3 billion for fiscal 2014 and $39 billion in constant dollars …

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OFPP Memo Mandates Agencies Use Central Acquisition Workforce Training Info Repository

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has directed civilian agencies to use a central repository maintained by the Federal Acquisition Institute that contains training and certification info on acquisition workers. Increased use of the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System is intended to give both the FAI and OFPP a government-wide view …

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CBO Puts Price Tag on ‘Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act’

A bill that would require federal agencies to detail every program and contract and publish that information online would cost $100 million to implement over the next four years, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates. The Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act would also codify or slightly modify current requirements under the Government …

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Panel Recommends LEED System to Measure Building Sustainability; Kevin Kampschroer Comments

An advisory panel has recommended the federal government adopt the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system as the primary standard for measuring federal buildings’ sustainability, Federal News Radio reports. Jason Miller writes the General Services Administration has required a LEED Gold certification for all new government construction projects since …

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Chuck Hagel Aims to Keep Furloughs Consistent

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has responded to calls from House lawmakers to implement civilian furloughs on a merit basis by saying consistency and fairness will be the measure for the unpaid leave, GovExec reports. Kedar Pavgi writes Hagel sent a letter to the lawmakers April 26 and said national security …

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Joe Jordan: OFPP Receives Strategic Sourcing Ideas

Joe Jordan, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said Wednesday the Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council wants to include more commodities such as information technology and laboratory equipment in strategic sourcing. The SSLC submitted proposals to the OFPP last month on ways to extend the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative …

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Paul Ryan Asks GAO To Review Agency Sequester Plans

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has asked the Government Accountability Office to issue a report on how agencies are planning and preparing to cut their budgets under sequestration. Federal News Radio reports Ryan asked GAO auditors to review a March 1 order from President Barack Obama to implement …

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Accenture: Digital Mail Not Driving Postal Agency Profit

Private postal operators have become more aggressive in competing against postal agencies for mail and parcel businesses, according to an Accenture study. No postal operator has seen a positive financial impact from expansion of digital mail, nor have digital platforms in the market helped organizations achieve profit, the study says. …

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